Identification of strategies to assist refugee young people in transition to independence


Appendix 8: Questionnaire for survey of young refugees



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Appendix 8: Questionnaire for survey of young refugees


Young Refugee Survey

This survey asks some questions which will help us understand better what young refugees need. This information may help improve the support to young people such as you. Do not write your name on this form. No one will know what your answers are. Some answers may seem personal, but please answer honestly. RMIT University appreciates your co-operation with this survey.



STUDENT VISA NUMBER:

1. Under which immigration category did you enter Australia?

(Tick one only)

Refugee ...................................... 1 

Special Humanitarian Program .......... 2 

Special Assistance Category ............. 3 

Family Reunion ............................ 4 

Not sure ...................................... 5 

2. Gender:

Female ................................... 1 

Male ...................................... 2 

3. Age: years

4. Country of Birth:

(Please write your country of birth)

........................................................

5. Who do you live with in Australia?

(Tick as many as appropriate)

Mother........................................ 1 

Father......................................... 2 

Step-parent.................................. 3 

Other Relative(s).......................... 4 

Non-Relative(s)............................ 5 

Parent's De-facto partner.................. 6 

Foster parents............................... 7 

Sister(s) and/or Brother(s)................ 8 

Any Other.................................... 9 

.......................................................



6. Who did you live with in your country of birth?

(Tick as many as appropriate)

Mother........................................ 1 

Father......................................... 2 

Step-parent.................................. 3 

Other relative(s)............................ 4 

Non relative(s).............................. 5 

Parent's De-facto partner................. 6 

Foster parents............................... 7 

Sister(s) and/or Brother(s)................ 8 

Any Other.................................... 9 

.......................................................



7. Where do you live now?

(Tick one only)

If with family members:

In own house/flat paying rent ........... 1 

In on arrival accommodation [OAA] or Community Refugee Settlement place .. 2 

With sponsor ................................ 3 

If by yourself:

House/flat [alone or sharing]........... .. 4 

Supported accom [SAAP].................. 5 

No fixed address............................. 6 

Staying temporarily w/ friends/rels..... 7 

Other .............................................. 8 



Q8: For students with one or both parents in Australia

8. Are your parent(s) employed in Australia? (Tick one only)

Both parents F/T working................. 1 

One parent F/T working only............. 2 

Both parents P/T working only .......... 3 

One working P/T &one working F/T..... 4 

One parent working P/T only ............. 5 

Parent(s) not working ...................... 6 

9. Where does your income come from? (Tick one only)

I have no income ......................... 1 

Asylum seekers payment[Red Cross]... 2 

Centrelink payment ....................... 3 

Austudy at Homeless/indep rate ......... 4 

Austudy at Standard rate ................... 5 

Salary/wages ................................ 6 

About Education (Q10 - Q14)

10. Before you came to Australia, did you finish?

Primary School .................. Yes  No 



11. Before you came to Australia, did you finish?

Secondary School ............... Yes  No 



12. Before you came to Australia, did you finish?

Technical College after Secondary School ....................................... Yes  No 



13. Before you came to Australia did you finish?

University ........................ Yes  No 



14. Between leaving your country of birth, and arriving in Australia, how often did you go to school?

(Tick one only)

Went to school sometimes ............... 1 

Did not go to school at all ................ 2 

Went to school most of the time ........ 3 

Other (please specify) ..................... 4 

......................................................

15. After English language training, what do you hope to do?

(Tick one only)

Go the secondary college, finish Yr 12 1 

Try to get a job ............................ 2 

Go to school for a while, then get a job 3 

Get into a training course ................ 4 

Get into a TAFE College course ........ 5 

Go to University .......................... 6 

Some other option ....................... 7 

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16. How long do you want to stay in Australia? (Tick one only)

Only a short while - less than 1 year .... 1 

A few years ................................... 2 

Many years ................................... 3 

Perhaps for the rest of my life ............ 4 

Don't know .................................. 5 



17. To what extent do you feel you belong in Australia? (Tick one only)

A little; I've only been here a short while.. 1 

Somewhat; I'm getting used to here.......... 2 

About half Australian and half my COB...... 3 

Mostly Australian ............................... 4 

Only Australian, I don't belong else where .. 5 



18. How many times have you moved house since coming to Australia? times

19. How many times have you been questioned by police officers in Australia?

Never  times



20. At 25 years of age, do you expect to be living in a household separate from your parents?

Definitely YES .............................. 1 

Maybe YES ................................... 2 

Probably NO ................................. 3 

Definitely NO ................................ 4 

21. At 25 years of age, do you expect you will have a job and be earning your own money?

Definitely YES .............................. 1 

Maybe YES ................................... 2 

Probably NO ................................. 3 

Definitely NO ................................ 4 

Questions 22 - 49 ask you about your experiences in your country of birth. If the statement is true for you, tick YES; if the statement is not true for you, tick NO.

22. There was a lot of violence in my country.

Yes  No 



23. Lots of people in my country were killed.

Yes  No 



24. People in my home town were not very frightened.

Yes  No 



25. In my country, people were put in prison for no good reason.

Yes  No 



26. I felt safe walking the streets in my home town.

Yes  No 



27. I know of people who have just disappeared, never to be seen again.

Yes  No 



28. My family did not feel safe or secure in my country.

Yes  No 



29. Our family home was destroyed.

Yes  No 



30. My family was persecuted in my country.

Yes  No 



31. No- one in my family went to prison.

Yes  No 



32. Lots of people were persecuted in my country.

Yes  No 



33. A member of my family was tortured in my country.

Yes  No 



34. Members of our family were bashed and hurt.

Yes  No 



35. My family was scared for their lives in my country.

Yes  No 



36. I felt scared in my country.

Yes  No 



37. No-one in my family was killed.

Yes  No 



38. I have spent time in prison myself.

Yes  No 



39. My family and I were homeless for a while.

Yes  No 



40. I was not tortured in my country of origin.

Yes  No 



41. I felt I was persecuted in my country.

Yes  No 



42. I was nearly killed myself once.

Yes  No 



43. There were lots of homeless people in my country.

Yes  No 



44. In my country, some people disappeared, never to be seen again.

Yes  No 



45. I was bashed and hurt in my country.

Yes  No 



46. Many people did not feel safe in my country.

Yes  No 



47. Only a few people had their homes destroyed.

Yes  No 



48. People were tortured in my country.

Yes  No 



49. There was a civil war in my country.

Yes  No 



Thank you for your cooperation



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